IRAQ: To Arm or Not to Arm

The British decided last week to take a chance on Iraq's Premier Karim Kassem.

They recognize that Iraq has been sliding steadily toward Communism. They recall that Kassem's revolution began not only with the murder of the King but with the burning of Baghdad's British embassy. But they also realize that, so far, Kassem's government has honored its contracts with the British-run Iraq Petroleum Co., in order to keep Iraq's $230 million-a-year oil royalties.

When Kassem's army asked Britain to supply a big order of heavy weapons (centurion tanks, Canberra jets) of the sort that Iraq regularly got from Britain before...

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